Mother Forced to Leave Toddler on Train

Posted Mar 7th 2011 01:00 PMUpdated Mar 7th 2011 01:44 PM


A toddler was stranded alone on a train for an hour when it pulled away from a station in Germany, leaving her mother frantic on the platform last weekend.

"I was getting my things out of the station at the stop when the doors suddenly closed with my daughter inside!" Kracht said, reports the Telegraph newspaper. "It was the worst moment of my life. I heard Marie Luise shout 'mama' and she was gone!"

The mother, Ulrike Kracht, was unloading her two-year-old's stroller at the Pritzwalk station, located about an hour-and-a-half north of Berlin, when she turned back to get Marie Luise. But the doors shut and the Deutsche Bahn train sped off. When Kracht asked train employees to radio ahead to stop the express train, she says she was told, "We can't do that. It must run on schedule."

Travelers on the train witnessed a scene like something from a movie when a police car with Kracht in it raced after the train with its lights and sirens blaring, finally catching up at Neurippin station.

Deutsche Bahn's handling of the situation was unacceptable, said a spokesperson for passenger advocacy group the Pro-Rail Alliance, reports The Local, an English-language paper covering German news.

"It's more than realistic to say that the train could have stopped near the station," she told a local German paper, adding that it would have cost 15 minutes at most. She said that if conductors had explained the situation to passengers, the delay would have been easily forgiven.

Both tourists and residents rely on Germany's official rail system to get around the country.

The incident might have been caused by the railway's strained resources following a strike by train drivers on Friday morning, the German paper reported. Allegedly, a railways spokeswoman said: "There was no train coming back in the other direction anyway because of a strike."

"I was all right until I saw her and then the tears came and she started crying then too," said Ulrike.

Deutsche Bahn has undertaken an investigation into the incident and CEO Rüdiger Grube apologized personally to the woman, news sources report.

This is the second bizarre incident involving a toddler in a matter of days. Virgin Blue fired a male flight attendant after a woman said that he picked up her 17-month old son and placed him in the overhead bin and then latched it closed. The flight attendant claimed he was playing a game with the child and his father.
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I don't claim to know a thing about rail travel, never have & pretty sure I want nothing to do with it if it's just utter chaos (from the way this sounds.) Do they not have people who watch & make sure those exiting or boarding have done so & that someone's coat isn't caught in the door & getting ready to drag them to their death? There is no "All clear?" No "Panic button or emergency cord?" No cameras the conductor can spot check? I'm curious now how many people DIE riding these things???
I do remember being a young mom though & doing some things & feeling like a TOTAL idiot for the way or order in which I did some things but I learned. There is nothing more fragile than a new mom's self confidence.
Most of us know never to take our eyes (or hands) off our children in public b/c SO many things can happen to them in the blink of an eye. MOST of us have also had this reaffirmed at one time or another by slipping up. "He was just here, I just turned my back for a second and.."
I have raised 4 kids & my main rule is, "KID" first, ALWAYS, THEN we'll worry about the rest. But I wasn't born just knowing it... It's like when you go to the grocery store. Look in any parking lot, Do people put their Kid in the car FIRST, then groceries, etc? HA! NOPE! I have seen boneheads leave a toddler sitting in the cart, in the rain, in the heat, in the snow, or the best one-STANDING by the cart while they load groceries into the car! Even saw one almost escape into the path of a car, thankfully the driver was paying attention. Kids even get stolen right in front of their parents because they are sittng in a cart & mom or dad is bent over arranging stuff in the car.
I would bet a lot of you talking smack have either;
(A) Never had a child
(B) Never traveled alone with one & ALL the stuff you have to have to go basically anywhere
(C) Not had a young child in a LONG time & forgot what being new is like
(D) Blocked out lessons YOU learned BEFORE you were "Ultraparent.!"
There is nothing on this planet that is more precious than our children. This may be her first child, maybe she's new to this system of travel, maybe she's never tried it alone, obviously she didn't KNOW this could happen or she wouldn't have done it. I bet it NEVER happens to her again.
How many of you rock slingers remember being new at parenting? New at a new method of transportation??? How many ever learned a valuable lesson THE HARD way? These are the same type of people who COULD have offered to help her but rather sit by & talk smack about how inept she was.
I also see some jerk talking about how WOMEN EXPECT them to lend a hand, understand, blah, blah BLAB. They sure don't make folks like they used to. People used to be honored to help one another b/c it's just the right thing to do. Shame on you.

April 30 2011 at 5:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Most of the comments here are ridiculous. A person traveling alone with children, strollers, luggage needs extra time to depart a train, or they needs some help. How on earth would an elderly person in a wheelchair , or a disabled person with a walker or crutches have enough time to get off the train? Where I live, trains have a button at the exit, which can be pushed by a disabled person or by anyone who needs extra time to depart. It signals the operator that there is a door that needs to remain open for additional time. The operator then doesn't leave the station until he has visually checked to make sure everyone is clear. Jeeze, problem solved.

April 25 2011 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Whad Up Girl!

What a careless Mom. Sorry, but she should have been holding on to both her kids. What if he fell onto the tracks. Then she'd she the train station.

April 24 2011 at 2:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Whad Up Girl!'s comment

Um, did you READ that story? what "KIDS?" She was getting the STROLLER off the TRAIN to put her BABY IN it. Sheesh

April 30 2011 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And what "HE?" Dang

April 30 2011 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J Dean Morgan

Mass transit has become nothing more than a human cattle run, and no matter what country or what form or travel citizens opt for, we are treated no better than a source of income for the business; dignity will cost us extra.

April 16 2011 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Has she never been on the trains before this ?

April 06 2011 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Same in the US

April 06 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edith Ann

This is what happens when workers are under stress about hurry, hurry, hurry. I guess they had some irate customer on the train hollering and yelling to go.That's what happens in mix-ups at pharmacies, you get these people who throws 5 prescriptions at the pharmacist and thinking he can just grab the bottles already filled right off the shelves, it don't happen that way, it's got to go through process, the pills have to be counted,liquids mixed,medicine bottles has to be checked twice, and when you have someone about to explode and in your face these kind of things happen. You cannot let these kind of people get to you, or mistakes will be made. When you work with the public you see it all. Best thing, stand back out of the way, let people do their jobs, and relax. What's the hurry anyway?

March 09 2011 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey, Rain, if you don't like 'typical" Americans, get the hell going before some "typical" American kicks your stupic, worthless ass. And, out of curosity, were you born an asshole, or did you work at it your whole life?

March 08 2011 at 9:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to merreprankster's comment

Well guess what? I am an American and you sound like a typical whiner who finds it necessary to become angry at eveyone's comments. Why don't you grow up and act like an adult. Probably cannot do this and it suck flipping burgers at your job, right? And take a shower and shave that stupid goatee off your face.

April 22 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To: Rain oh nevermind I can't find small enough words for you to understand guess hand gestures would be better for your type of person.

March 08 2011 at 9:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

To: Fathertime my kids are many things but a mistake never. Sounds like your mother can't say the same, since you ohh so obviously were a mistake.

March 08 2011 at 9:10 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Reecie's comment

Karma is going to come to your kids, just for you being so rude to Rain.

April 22 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply